This post is sponsored by Best Fiends. Thanks, Best Fiends!
This year, our schedules (and the kids’ school schedules) didn’t align to let us make our annual trip to Arizona for baseball spring training. We were pretty bummed when we realized we wouldn’t be able to pull it off, but it did mean we’d have a week of spring break with nothing planned. Mike and I decided it was the perfect time to drive to Northern California to visit his parents. The kids were totally thrilled by this, which took the sting out of missing Arizona this year.
The biggest problem with visiting his parents’ house? Getting there. I loathe long car trips, especially ones that are made longer by the constant need to stop for the bathroom or to “get a fresh Diet Coke.” I run a tight ship when I’m the one driving the car – I schedule out the stops in advance and won’t add any on unless it’s an absolute emergency. Apparently, this makes me “mean.” Before we left, Mike said to me, “Why don’t I drive and you just relax and play on your phone?” He was a) manipulating me and b) making fun of my latest game addiction, but he was successful. Who doesn’t want permission to relax?
You guys, I am so addicted to a game on my phone. It’s called Best Fiends and it’s a free puzzle game where you make long matching chains and collect cute characters and uggggh I wish I’d discovered it back when I was unemployed. I seriously played it the entire drive up.
Mike could not stop laughing at me (but he would kill to be on level 218 like me so shut it, Mike). But you know what? I was HAPPY. I was playing my game and I was HAPPY. How could I not be, look at how comfortable I was:
Annie took this picture, obviously admiring how comfortable I looked.
If you want to play all the different challenges and get addicted like me (so into the Easter Egg Challenge right now), the first 100 readers to download Best Fiends and get to level 10 will get $4.99 worth of gold and diamonds for free (I’m so jealous).
To be honest, the drive wasn’t that bad. Mike only stopped four times (once for gas, twice for the bathroom, and once because James was going to lose his mind if he didn’t get out of the car for a few minutes), and the drive “only” took seven hours (it should take like…six, tops). At least we were able to put James to work:
I can’t wait until he’s old enough to do my windows.
Now that we’re safely at my inlaws’ house, we’ve enjoyed a lot of hugs, food, and playing outside. My mother-in-law gave the kids a piano lesson (the longest I’ve ever seen James sit still without being restrained), Annie played catch with her grandpa, and we went to the movies. Mike has shown the kids and me lots of old photos and we’ve had a blast laughing at them. I’ll be sad when it’s time to leave (although, it will give me a chance to play my game again, bwahahahaha).
Ohh thanks I’m always looking for new apps to kill time. I downloaded it!
Also downloaded — apps help with my daily commute!
Please don’t take this the wrong way, but I am cracking up that you “only” stopped 4 times on a 7 hour drive ???. That would be heavenly to my kids. I let them stop that many times on a 15 hour drive (granted, they are older, but still!!) You and Mike are much nicer, more relaxed road trip drivers than I am?
You and I would be excellent roadtrippers! I would prefer to only stop for gas, that’s IT! LOL
Exactly. I say “we are stopping for gas, everyone get out and go to the bathroom, we aren’t stopping until we need gas again.” Stopping frequently adds SO MUCH time to an already long trip. Good luck on the drive home!
I have to agree–when we lived in Orange County and would drive to the Bay Area to see family–I didn’t stop if I was alone, once only if the family was in the car. Although worst trip was when my oldest was 8 days old–took I think 10 trips because of the whole not sure how to nurse, diaper changes, etc. Not any more, I never stop if I can help it.
I downloaded it – how do we get the 4.99 diamonds and gold?
(also – agree with above. I “allow” one stop on our 5 hour drive to see our family. I might cry when our kids are potty trained and the “But I have to pee” requests are no longer coming from an adult who I can tell to hold it. haha)
UGH potty training ruins EVERYTHING!!!
When you make it to level 10, you should be rewarded with the diamonds and gold – if that doesn’t happen, let me know!!!
Oh boy.. This game could be dangerous!
That game is my guilty pleasure, I’m glad I’m not the only one addicted! I told my Mom it’s like Candy Crush and Angry Birds combined but more addicting than both of them put together. Hope you have a fun vacay! P.S. Loved seeing the Friends of Maddie article in my latest issue of Parents magazine.
OH! Is that out?! I need to get a copy! Thanks for letting me know!
I am not sure if you had your feet up on the dash while the vehicle was moving, but please, please, please do not ride in a vehicle with your feet up on the dash! It is dangerous and can be fatal if you are in a crash and the airbag goes off!
Oh no, I definitely don’t put my feet up while we’re moving! I’m a huge stickler for that, actually. Annie took this while James ran around in circles for a few minutes, LOL.
Yay! I’ve been looking for a new game!
I’m laughing that that’s “mean.” I was seriously well into my 20’s and taking my fist roadtrip with my now husband before I realized there was another way to DO a trip. We didn’t take vacations as a family when I was a kid, but my mom and I would make the drive from SoCal to NorCal at least once a year to visit my grandparents. There was ONE stop at Kettleman City for gas and to use the bathroom and walk the dog. There were NO other stops allowed. Ever. Under any circumstances.
I “helped” my Dad pump gas once when I was a year or so older than James…and I got fully doused in gasoline. Soaked to the skin. My parents stripped me down and drove me home (carefulllllly……quicklllllly) to bathe me asap. Such a scary event; I’ve never forgotten it 40 years later.
The same thing happened to my little boy about two and a half years ago. It was a nightmare….middle of winter two hours from home!!
Your feet look floppy and I had to do a double take to make sure it wasn’t Annie. You took relaxation to the best level!!! I’m sorry you didn’t make it here….I hope we can meet up for a breakfast sometime. (Or meet in New Orleans for Mardi Gras).
Megan A says:
Ugh – that game is trouble for me!! I’m completely addicted! I’m on level 250! Want to be my real life facebook friend so we can give each other energy? Is that creepy?
We have long trips to Iowa to see family and these games fill my time!!
We don’t have the potty breaks anymore, we have the car sick breaks, which are a bit more urgent when your child yells, “I’m going to puke!” We are fully stocked in both cars with motion sickness bags!
I love Best Fiends!!I downloaded it right after Halloween and it so addicting. There are so many different quests you can do. Right now I’m trying to win the pirate slug treasure! My family and I are taking our first ever real family vacation and driving up north to Mackinaw Island (MI) this summer. So I know that the game will be great in the car. It’s not a long drive, about 3-4 hrs, so we’ll probably make one stop for gas and maybe a doughnut for my daughter. When I was a kid a 3 hr car trip was too short to stop for anything. Only on the 6-7 hr trips were we allowed to stop once lol.
Hello fellow Michigander! Have fun on your trip!
Oh, Heather, what have you done? I am now ADDICTED to Best Fiends! It’s bad, so bad. I have probably developed carpal tunnel in one week’s time, and when I close my eyes at night, I see those little leaves and mushrooms and flowers. Bad, I say! But I’m stuck on level 23, the “Wall of Snow.” So stuck. How the heck do you defeat those little monsters???
signed, asking for a friend
I downloaded this game last week. I have NO friends on FB playing it so I can’t send or receive daily gifts or energy. Which might be a good thing. I am already on level 101 and my arthritis and carpal tunnel is on FIRE in my right hand from playing it so much. But it is so FUN! I haven’t played any Candy Crush or Angry Birds since I started playing this…